September 8, 2010
Starting School: Bottle Cap Love Reminder
My toddler started preschool today! (I know many of you are cringing, and my homeschool friends all think I'm insane. In my defense, it's only two mornings a week, and I have to work one of those mornings anyway.) As I've mentioned before, A is my shy one and suffers a degree of separation anxiety, so I created this little Bottle Cap Pin to help ease her fears.
What you'll need:
- one bottle cap
- one safety pin
- scrapbook paper
- mod podge
I was inspired to do this project after seeing this bottle cap necklace tutorial on Cap Creations. She warns not to use printouts from an inkjet printer, and after my own experimentation I have to concur. Stick with laser jet printouts, scrapbook paper or photo paper if you want to avoid streaking.
1. Hot glue the safety pin to the back of the cap. The pin should fit perfectly inside the cap.
2. Cut a 1 inch circle out of scrapbook paper for the background of the pin.
3. Add embellishments. My special nickname for A is "lady bugs," so I cut one out of scrapbook paper and added a little heart to remind her how much I love her.
4. Using mod podge, glue the paper to the cap. A was immensely proud of "painting" her pin.
5. Allow the glue to dry. If you'd like, spray paint with clear gloss paint to finish.
6. Pin on your baby to remind her how much you love her!
A was a trooper walking into her school building. She went right to work playing with the toys, and I began to think a miracle had occurred. That is, until I told her it was time for me to leave, at which point she started screaming and kicking. I'm afraid her teacher might be a bit bruised tomorrow! She calmed down minutes after I left and even participated in some of the activities today, so I'm hopeful.
Mommy in My Pocket by Carol Hunt Senderak
Another great pick for the starting-school-jitters! A young bunny wishes she could make her mommy small enough to fit in her pocket. She imagines all the fun they would have if she could take her mommy to school with her. In the end, she's content with carrying the love of her mommy's hugs and kisses with her through the day.
The rhymes are lovely to read and avoid becoming sing-songy. The illustrations are soothing watercolors that add to the calm and reassuring themes in the book. I think this would make a great companion to The Kissing Hand and is perfect for younger children who won't sit through that longer book.
I'm linking up to:
- SOYS @ Fireflies & Jellybeans